A tinted resin dodecahedron The artwork on a matching plinth Closeup of the artwork showing copper rings and wire

Quintessence was made (as part of LOow) in conversation with physicists at the TRIUMF particle accelerator. The conversations revolved about the physicists research into dark matter and the even more mysterious dark energy. During the process, we visited the TRIUMF facility with the aim of gathering materials. When I looked into the bin of their experimental waste and saw the pile of metal shavings, I knew immediately that I had to make orgonite. Orgonite is a contemporary phenomenon of DIY cult status that is said to transmute - among other things - the harmful energy of electro-magnetic frequencies. It is named for Wilhelm Reich’s 1930’s concept of Orgone, which is variously described as universal life force, esoteric energy or pseudoscience.

Quintessence, 2020, orgonite (steel, aluminum, copper wire, copper leaf, quartz crystal, resin), polystyrene, recycled fabric, 34 × 24 × 24 inches, photo: SITE photography